Nature Writers

Ref: C2228590

We live at a time when we are evermore attuned to what it means to recognise our connections to Nature. This course will explore the longstanding literary form of Nature Writing from a range of examples from around the world. Each week, we will focus on a specific writer, such as John Clare or Gilbert White, and their work. In doing so, we will consider the intersection of their lives with their writing. In doing this, we will have the opportunity to think about the particular creative achievement of their work, how it might connect to the bigger tradition of Nature Writing and what the legacy of a given piece of work is. The course will be underpinned by the Canvas online learning system: this will offer students ongoing access to a range of reading materials and related resources.

Course aim

This course will explore the longstanding literary form of Nature Writing. Each week, we will focus on a specific writer and their work, considering the intersection of their lives and their writing.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe some of the essential qualities of Nature Writing
  • Identify at least three Nature Writers and aspects of their work.
  • Discuss some of the relationships that might exist between Nature writing and literary devices such as the use of metaphor.
  • To identify some of the connections between Nature writing and 'fiction'.
  • Discuss how Nature writing relates to wider cultural and 'political' and ideological concerns and traditions.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Each session will be supported by the provision (online via Canvas) of reading material that relates to each week's session. Each session will combine a 'formal' talk / presentation followed by an opportunity for extensive group discussion and comment.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Nature Writers

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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